Iso-Community Radio started in 2008 and based in Isoka in the Northern Province. This province borders with Tanzania and Northern Malawi, where there is significant cross-border movement of people and trade. It has been instrumental in providing information to this region, especially about the September 2011 presidential elections. This radio was chosen because it covers areas of North-Western and Luapula provinces that were identified by Zambia’s UNDAF as having extreme poverty. Its audience totals about 130.000 inhabitants.
The project Empowering Local Radios with ICTs conducted a research together with local radio stations to identify main issues of local public concern in the Iso-Community Radio’s coverage area:
- Access to hospital (long distances, poor staffing and lack of medicines)
- Access to water
- Storage of produce
- Marketing of farm produce
- Gender based violence
- Cultural stereotyping of women
- Infrastructure (electricity)
“The main reason why radio Iso FM came to existence is that the people from Isoka liked information, but the district was very behind on it”, - says the star of the Iso FM audio presentation. Listen below Audio 1 and learn how people from the Isoka district came together to conceive the radio station. The second audio presents the story of Annie Nachilongo, radio host and marketing manager for Iso FM, who describes how important is to provide listeners with local information from Isoka Province, and how difficult sometimes it can be. To hear how a young woman can successfully combine two positions on the radio while overcoming challenges and gender stereotypes, listen to the Audio 2.
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